Mysuru: The countdown for the Dasara festivities has begun with the ten-day Yuva Sambrama launched by Sandalwood actor Ganesh who performed the Nagaari (a percussion instrument) at the open air theatre at Manasa Gangothri Tuesday evening.
Ganesh said, “I am from a middle class family from a rural area and it was one such programme which provided me an opportunity to showcase my talent and help me achieve my dream of becoming an actor. Keep dreaming big.”
Mysuru district minister and Dasara executive committee chairperson V. Somanna said that the event will provide a platform to youth from across the state. As many as 10,000 students in 260 teams from various colleges will showcase their talent during Yuva Sambrama. As many as 20 to 28 teams with 25 to 50 students in each team will perform between 5.30pm and 10.30pm till September 26. As many as 20 teams performed Tuesday evening and set the tone for the event. A highlight was the recreation of scenes from the floods by special children (who can't see or hear).
Some of the special features of the Yuva Sambrama lined up this year include Ambi Namana in memory of actor-politician Ambareesh by children of the deaf and dumb school at Tilaknagar, Mysuru, performances on the Mysuru royal family and their Dasara traditions, the Vijayanagars dynasty, performances on farmer suicides and on the life of freedom fighter Bhagat Singh and Sangolli Rayanna.
National integrity and protection of heritage structures besides Swachch Bharat, Swachch Karnataka, the need to follow traffic rules, disadvantages of using mobile, social media and conservation of forest and tigers will also figure during the celebration.